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Grotto of the Nativity - Church of the Nativity, Betlehem

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A: Church Nativity Bethlehem

by William Hamblin, 10 meters away

This is the Apse of the Orthodox Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.  Underneath is the grotto of th...

Church Nativity Bethlehem

B: Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 10 meters away

Church of the Nativity - Bethlehem

C: Church of Nativity, detail of interior - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 10 meters away

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional p...

Church of Nativity, detail of interior - Bethlehem

D: Working place of St. Jerome (below St. Catherine's Church) - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 20 meters away

Here is St Jerome Grotto were he translated the Bible into Latin (The Vulgata) around 386. In the sam...

Working place of St. Jerome (below St. Catherine's Church) - Bethlehem

E: Complex of underground caves and rock-cut chambers, below The Church of St. Catherine - - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 30 meters away

The (Roman Catholic) Franciscan Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria was built in 1882 on the ruins ...

Complex of underground caves and rock-cut chambers, below The Church of St. Catherine - - Bethlehem

G: St Catherine Church, Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 40 meters away

The Church of St. Catherine is a Catholic church and Franciscan monastery connected to the mostly Ort...

St Catherine Church, Bethlehem

H: St. Catherine's Church - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 50 meters away

St. Catherine's Church - Bethlehem

I: St. Catherine Church - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 50 meters away

St. Catherine Church - Bethlehem

This panorama was taken in West Bank, Middle East

This is an overview of Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.

The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.

Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!

When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.

Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.

Text by Steve Smith.

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